By Thomas Dodd
- Laura Trott wins fourth Olympic Gold to become most successful GB female in Games history
- Jason Kenny claims sixth Olympic Gold by triumphing in dramatic Keirin
- Becky James and Katy Marchant take silver and bronze in Women’s Sprint
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Laura Trott and Jason Kenny claimed two more momentous Gold medals for Great Britain in the track cycling on the last night of Velodrome action in Rio.
Harlow girl Trott became the most decorated British female Olympian by claiming her fourth career Gold in the Women’s Omnium, while Kenny tied Sir Chris Hoy with his sixth Olympic title in the Keirin event.
Trott defended her Omnium victory from London 2012, to go with the Team Pursuit win she picked up earlier in the week – a discipline she also won four years ago.
Entering the final day with a healthy lead Trott claimed the Individual Pursuit before comfortably holding her nerve in the Points Race to confirm her status at the most decorated British female in Olympic history, moving clear of Equestrian rider Charlotte Dujardin.
While Trott’s route to glory was never in doubt, her fiances path to Olympic success could not have been more nail-biting.
The Keirin event sees a group of six riders complete eight laps of the track, but the first five and a half laps must be spent following the pace of a lead bike.
Competitors must wait until the pace bike has departed the track before opening up the sprint for the final two laps.
But those in the stadium held their breathe as the first attempt to complete the race saw Kenny and Malaysian Awang Azizulhasni under scrutiny for overlapping with the lead bike.
After a long deliberation the judges inside the stadium decided there would be no penalty and the race was restarted, only for the world champion Joachim Eilers to fall foul of the same rule, before those on the scrutiny panel again skirted the decision to disqualify the guilty rider.
The sprint was opened up successfully third time round, and despite starting the final lap in third Kenny was able soar past the riders in front down the back straight to sweep round the last bend and claim Gold to the delight of those in the stands, including the emotional Trott, who had watched from the holding zone as the drama unfolded.
Earlier in the day Brit Rebecca James claimed silver in the Women’s Sprint after losing her final with German Kristina Vogel, while fellow Team GB athlete Katy Marchant won the bronze medal by defeating Elis Ligtlee of Holland.
Marchant’s bronze means every single British track cyclist will return to the UK with a medal from Rio.
The medals won by Great Britain on Tuesday evening means the team has now surpassed the tally reached at London 2012, with 49 medals collected so far with five days of the Games left.
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